- "I had contracted dragon pox shortly before arriving at school, and while I was no longer contagious, my pockmarked visage and greenish hue did not encourage many to approach me."
- —Description of Dragon Pox[src]
Dragon Pox is a potentially fatal contagious disease that occurs in wizards and witches. Its symptoms are presumably similar to Muggle illnesses like chicken pox. In addition to leaving the victim's skin pockmarked, dragon pox causes a lasting greenish tinge. Simpler cases present with a green-and-purple rash between the toes and sparks coming out of the nostrils when the patient sneezes.
The first cases of Dragon Pox were wizards working closely with Peruvian Vipertooths; In the 1100s Gunhilda Kneen was recorded as having to forgo playing Chaser in a Quidditch match when she came down with a "touch" of the sickness. The first person known to have lethally succumbed to dragon pox was Chauncey Oldridge in 1379.
In the 16th or 17th century, Gunhilda of Gorsemoor developed a cure for dragon pox, but the disease has not been completely eradicated. It is still treated by the Magical Bugs ward at St Mungo's on the second floor. Elphias Doge got dragon pox shortly before he started at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in September 1892.
Elderly patients are apparently more susceptible to dragon pox than younger ones. Minister for Magic Eldritch Diggory died of it in office in 1747. Others who have died of it include: Abraxas Malfoy, and Fleamont and Euphemia Potter. They died of it recently, in the second half of the 20th century.
Howland Coopey writes to the Daily Prophet with symptoms that Professor Helbert Spleen diagnoses as Dragon Pox, although he does state that it will go away of its own accord, rather than recommending that Mr Coopey go to St Mungo’s to get the Dragon Pox cure.
|Chauncey Oldridge||First known victim.|
|Howland Coopey||Survived the illness.|
|Eldritch Diggory||Died from the illness.|
|Fleamont Potter||Died from a combination of old age and the illness.|
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Notes and references
- Pottermore - Quidditch World Cup 1990 - 2014 (Archived)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 2 (In Memoriam)
- Daily Prophet Newsletters
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Illness and Disability" at Wizarding World
- Quidditch Through the Ages
- J. K. Rowling's official site
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ministers for Magic" at Wizarding World
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
- Daily Prophet
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Potter Family" at Wizarding World